Cat Eyes

I wrote this maybe a decade ago. It started out as a rant about my perceived failure to confess to a girl I had liked then, and about my frustration about not being able to find a copy of Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko, which is one of the most underrated anime ever.

couv_124117

Now, why Cat Eyes? The girl I was eyeing (that was all I ever did anyway) had chinky, chinita eyes which was very trendy in the early 2000’s. We were close – very close since high school. We were not just friends, but also not quite lovers and we had soon drifted apart due to the chaos that was college getting in our way. I held on to my unrequited feelings for the good part of the next five years after I last saw her in person, and this was kind of like my parting shot to her, and my attempts to find someone else.

I am really a long term kinda guy, and I seem to be very hopeless in that aspect.

Coincidentally, Yamamoto Yohko is one of my favorite female anime protagonists, and she was always referred to in-show as a “cat woman” since she was drawn to resemble a cat. Needless to say, I have always been a huge fan of her series.

20131018095047-6e6c6df1-la

The first draft I made was considerably longer than this, and I had since lost that. The one you’ll read below is the final form that I wrote to fit a very simple song structure in the key of A, and made with the most basic tools. I recorded this three times, twice with a different solo each time, and a third one recorded years later with a more structured form, cleaner recording and two guitar solos.

I have only performed this once as a song ,and that was back in 2006 during Toycon VI. I was the leader and frontman of my own band called KITE. We were supposed to play an original song as a tribute to someone, something or anything. I only have a few photos of us left, and lost the video when Multiply shut down a few years back. We had since disbanded and never played together as KITE again.

The only other time this fell on people’s ears (unwillingly lol) was in 2010 during our English class’ culminating activity – I read it out, banged the now familiar guitar solo and finished the whole thing with a toast of red wine (yes our class allowed it) for an added touch of class. I very easily took home a 4.0 simply because my professor thought I was some kind of poet / shredder / performance artist, which in hindsight I probably was. I very nearly performed this last April when Urusai wanted to put in some original material for a gig, but I backed out at the last minute owing to my perceived lack of singing skill. Instead, we opted to perform one of my written instrumental pieces but was eventually axed by the guys because it sounded too boring.

 


 

I am writing this all from memory, and I may update this as I remember the words. And if I work up the balls to upload the final draft of this song, I will post it here as a link.  And that’s a big if.


 

Cat Eyes

I never really had the time to say,
Just what goes on inside my head.
I guess I was caught up in my own play,
Writing a song that you’ll never hear.

And so I say to you my fate,
To see you again someday.

I know you’re never far away,
A song that keeps playing in my head.
Cool cat eyes keep haunting me,
To see you again someday, someday.

All I ever did was look at you,
I guess you’d say that I was some sort of fool,
I never did find the words to say,
Just how much you really meant to me.

And so I will to you my fate,
To see you again someday.

I know you’re never far away,
A song that keeps playing in my head.
Cool cat eyes keep haunting me,
To see you again someday, someday.

(insert my best goddamn guitar solo ever, inspired by the solo on Siam Shade’s “Dreams”)

Looking at the infinite night,
The stars and you pass before my eyes.
And as the world goes on its own,
You’re a thousand years away from me.

And so I will to you my fate,
To see you again someday.

I know you’re never far away,
A song that keeps playing in my head.
Cool cat eyes keep haunting me,
To see you again someday, someday.

I know you never went away,
A song that keeps playing in my night sky.
Cool cat eyes keep calling me,
To see you again someday, someday.

(insert my melodic solo here that i just played down then up an A major scale)

 

 


Chinita/o : An adjective used for a person with small, chinky eyes. It was very trendy during the late 90’s til the early 00’s.

Reference : http://www.toyconph.com/2006/06/battle-of-tribute-band-finalist-1.html

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s